Norwegian Cruise Lines sues state of Florida over vaccine passport ban

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Norwegian Cruise Lines is suing Florida aft the state banned vaccine passports, saying it cannot safely resume sailings without ensuring its passengers and unit are vaccinated against COVID-19.

In a ailment filed Tuesday, the institution called the determination a "last resort."

"The State of Florida has indicated that it is different preventing (Norwegian) from safely and soundly resuming rider cruise operations from Miami, Florida, ... successful the mode that this cruise enactment has determined volition beryllium champion for each acrophobic -- with the payment of documentation confirming that each of its passengers and unit person been afloat vaccinated against COVID-19," the ailment said.

Florida's instrumentality threatens to good companies $5,000 each clip they inquire a lawsuit to supply impervious that they've been vaccinated. Gov. Ron DeSantis' property caput called the suit "disappointing" saying Norwegian is "discriminating against children and different individuals who cannot beryllium vaccinated oregon who person opted not to beryllium vaccinated for reasons of health, religion, oregon conscience."

"This Administration volition not tolerate specified wide discrimination. Therefore, Norwegian faces a $5,000 good from whom they request a vaccination status," Christina Pushaw, the governor's property secretary, said successful a connection to ABC News.

Company CEO Frank Del Rio antecedently threatened to determination the company's ships retired of Florida if they were not allowed to mandate vaccines.

"At the extremity of the day, cruise ships person motors, propellers and rudders, and God forbid we can't run successful the authorities of Florida for immoderate reason, past determination are different states that we bash run from, and we tin run from the Caribbean for a vessel that different would person gone to Florida," Del Rio said during an net telephone successful May.

Norwegian's archetypal cruise from Miami is scheduled to sail connected Aug. 15, but the institution said the prohibition connected vaccine passports puts it successful an "impossible dilemma."
"NCLH volition find itself either connected the incorrect broadside of wellness and information and the operative national ineligible framework, oregon other connected the incorrect broadside of Florida law," the ailment said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has banned astir cruising from U.S. waters since March 2020. Companies person been moving with the CDC to resume sailings nether its conditional sail bid -- a acceptable of guidelines for cruise companies wishing to resume sailing successful the U.S., including trial cruises and vaccine requirements.

DeSantis precocious won a suit against the CDC, successful which a justice ruled the bureau overstepped successful its authorization regarding the conditional sail order.

Some companies person already resumed sailings from Florida, with the Celebrity Edge departing Port Everglades connected June 26.

The Florida Department of Health did not instantly respond to petition for comment.

ABC News Transportation Correspondent Gio Benitez contributed to this report.

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